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BROWNS OWNER TELLS MAYOR TO HOLD OFF ON STADIUM DEBATE

     In an open letter to Cleveland Mayor Michael White which
appeared in the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, Browns Owner Art Modell
wrote that "'now' is not the right time for the Cleveland Browns
and their fans" to address the stadium renovation issue "given
the negative atmosphere being fostered by special interests and
the resulting intense divisiveness in the community."  Modell
stated the Browns will not participate in the "divisive and
disruptive dialogue concerning stadium renovation" because: 1)
The city's original plan was "untracked" causing major delays, 2)
the Browns must now focus all of their attention on the upcoming
season, and 3) the Browns hope this "moratorium" will allow the
"political and economic environment" to stabilize (Cleveland
PLAIN-DEALER, 6/6).  The PLAIN DEALER's Stephen Koff and Stephen
Phillips report that White does not appear willing to grant a
moratorium, and that Modell denies that the move is motivated by
his desire to move the team.  Modell:  "We're not inviting any
contact, we're not making any contact, we're concentrating on
this football team this year" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 6/6).
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